Secondary Education B.S.Ed. (Concentration in Biology Education)

Degree Requirements: 130 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
Area A1 - Communication Skills
Select 6 credit hours from Area A1 of the Core Curriculum6
Area A2 - Quantitative Skills
MATH   1112College Trigonometry3
or MATH   1113 Pre-Calculus
or MATH   1441 Calculus I
Area B - Global Engagement
Select 4 credit hours from Area B of the Core Curriculum4
Area C - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics
Select 6 credit hours from Area C of the Core Curriculum6
Area D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
CHEM   1145Principles of Chemistry I4
BIOL   1230Environmental Biology3
BIOL   1210Environmental Biology Laboratory1
CHEM   1146Principles of Chemistry II3
Area E - Social Sciences
Select 12 credit hours from Area E of the Core Curriculum12
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major
Pre-Professional Block
EDUC   2110Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education3
EDUC   2120Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts3
Other Courses to Teaching Field
Carry-Over from D3 1
BIOL   2107Principles of Biology I3
BIOL   2107LPrinciples of Biology I Laboratory1
BIOL   2108Principles of Biology II3
BIOL   2108LPrinciples of Biology II Laboratory1
STAT   2231Introduction to Statistics I3
Health and Physical Education Activities
HLTH   1520Healthful Living2
Physical Education Activities2
FYE   1220First-Year Seminar2
Professional Education
EDUC   2130Exploring Learning and Teaching3
ITEC   5233Foundations of Technology-Enabled Learning3
READ   3330Content Literacy3
SCED   3121Curriculum for Secondary Education2
SCED   3237Secondary Science Methods3
SCED   3721Secondary School Practicum I2
SCED   4137Differentiated Instruction3
SCED   4632Student Teaching Seminar in Secondary Education3
SCED   4732Secondary School Practicum II3
SCED   4739Student Teaching Residency I3
SCED   5799Student Teaching in Secondary Education9
SPED   3333Introduction to Special Education3
Major Requirements
BIOL   3130Principles of Genetics3
BIOL   3131Principles of Physiology3
BIOL   3133Evolution and Ecology3
BIOL   3541Invertebrate Zoology4
BIOL   4240Biology of Microorganisms4
BIOL   5443Identification and Taxonomy of Vascular Plants4
BIOL   5532Evolution3
Total Credit Hours130

Program Admission Criteria

See B.S.Ed. Degree Requirements

  • Must be admitted into the Teacher Education Program and qualify for a Georgia Preservice Certificate

Other Program Requirements

  • Must meet all requirements for retention in the Teacher Education Program.
  • Must earn a minimum grade of "C" on all courses in Area F of the Core, the teaching field, and professional education; earn an adjusted GPA of 2.75 or higher in the teaching field; and maintain overall cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher
  • Must successfully complete all field experiences.
  • Must take courses in the proper sequence.
  • Courses in Area F must be taken prior to admission into the Teacher Education Program.
  • Take only one practicum course per semester.
  • Must meet requirements for admission to Student Teaching, (see catalog section, Admission to Student Teaching).
  • Must successfully complete assessments identified at each program transition point.

Honors in Secondary Education

To graduate with Honors in Secondary Education, a student must:

  • be admitted to the University Honors Program;
  • successfully complete at least four credit hours of COED 3610H over four semesters;
  • successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • be in good standing in the University Honors Program at the time of graduation.


Each student in Biology Education is assigned to an advisor in the College of Education Student Success Center for program planning and course scheduling. Telephone: (912) 478-0698. E-Mail: